Meet April Kirkwood, author of Big Girls Do Cry, on Saturday, November 28th at 11am.
Big Girls Do Cry
'Big Girls Do Cry'' is the story that Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons fans have been waiting for, a look into the glitz and the glory that was the Jersey Boys' story as witnessed by one of the group's biggest fans.
April Kirkwood first fell in love with Frankie Valli as a young farm girl in Ohio when she attended her first Four Seasons concert. For nearly a decade after, she and her family attended shows whenever the group came to their area. At age 16, Kirkwood was invited backstage and ended up in bed with Valli that night, sealing the deal on her love for him.
For the next two decades, Kirkwood traveled with Valli numerous times, often being mistaken as the one person she wished she was - his wife.
But he would never marry her. Despite being raised by a group of strong women in a house filled with Pentecostal hymns & depression, Kirkwood grappled with the rejection that affected her values, goals, and concept of what kind of man she needs to have to be happy.
Kirkwood struggled with relationships until she had a pivotal conversation with a girlfriend while sunbathing on a beach in Florida. Now Kirkland, a strong yet still fragile woman, shares insights about seldom talked about learned behaviors of lust and romance during critical adolescent times.
This relatively untouched developmental milestone is key to raising healthy daughters and to heal areas in a person’s hearts and minds that keep people stuck in repeating dissatisfying romantic commitments.
For every woman who has loved a powerful man and every woman who can’t seem to find a healthy relationship, Kirkwood, who holds two Masters degrees in counseling, has found through intense study and soul searching the right answers to questions about misplaced love.
Miss Kirkwood is a graduate of Youngstown State University with two masters in education in both school and community counseling. April worked over twenty five years in public education and in the mental health field as a social worker, teacher, guidance counselor, mentor for new teachers, and counselor. She presently lives in Florida and Ohio and spends most of her time writing, sharing her story with others, helping women, and is a public speaker.
Her first book, “What I did for love; why my affair with Frankie Valli matters to you” is written from the perspective of a regular midwest girl who fell for a very special man and all of the repercussions such a monumental experience at such a young age affected her entire life. The story is shared to give others insights of where and why so many of the feelings we all have buried deeply in our conscious and unconscious thoughts grow from and how it affects our romantic lives.
April is presently working on her second book, a workbook for those who are also stuck with recurring unsatisfactory intimate relationships and steps to remove the imprinting and blocks so they can find the love they deserve.
April believes in love and empowers others in workshops with warm laughter, flowing tears, and healing exercises so that you can find it, keep it, and enjoy romance.